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If you'd invested in: Robert Walters and Kier Group

Recruitment firm Robert Walters recently upgraded profit forecasts, while construction group Kier is suffering.

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Robert Walters (LSE: RWA) is a recruitment company listed in London but providing services worldwide. The firm suffered from a slowdown in the employment market after the Brexit vote, but conditions are now improving. In mid-October it upgraded profit forecasts for the second consecutive quarter, thanks to a boost in technology and legal jobs in the UK. Fees in the quarter to 30 September grew by 21% on the same period last year. The shares are up by more than 70% over 12 months.

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Kier Group (LSE: KIE) is a global construction, services and property group, operating mostly in the UK. In June it reported a £73m hit to profits due to the costs of closing small divisions in the Caribbean and Hong Kong. It has also suffered from the weak pound, which has raised costs for construction firms. Last week the shares hit a new 52-week low, down more than 20% over the past year.

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